THE HOME OF PURE HOPPINESS

We are a small-town brewery, nestled in the foothills of the mountains just outside of San Diego. From IPAs to small-batch sours, we’ve been crafting high-quality ales since 1999. Known as the “Home of Pure Hoppiness,” people travel from near and far to try our special brews. Now you can bring home a little taste of hoppiness from Alpine.

OUR STORY

Alpine Beer Company began with Patrick and Valerie McIlhenney, Pat and Val to their friends. Pat was a career firefighter who reached the rank of Captain. While visiting friends in Northern California, the McIlhenney’s fell in love with the idea of opening a brewpub. Pat decided he wanted to do the same thing someday. Not right away but someday.

1984-1991

HOMEBREWER BEGINNINGS

Pat discovered you could legally make your own beer. He was all over that and started homebrewing for fun. Pat joined QUAFF. Homebrewing quickly turned into recipe development. Pat submitted his homebrews to worthy competitions around San Diego County. He followed the feedback from judges and repeated the submission process until a high placing medal was awarded. Pat was hooked.

1991-1993

BEER EDUCATION

A local homebrew supply store hired Pat to work in the store part time. He eventually ended up teaching advanced homebrewing classes in the back of the store. The University of California at Davis offered extension classes in Brewing, Microbiology and Sanitation which Pat attended instead of taking a vacation from his firefighting day job.

1995-1999

THE ALESMITH YEARS

Pat insinuated himself on Skip and Ted, his friends who just opened AleSmith Brewing. Pat volunteered at the fledgling brewery, cleaning and helping out wherever needed. He really appreciated the hands-on experience.

1999

ENTER ALPINE BEER

After a few years of working at AleSmith, Pat asked Skip if he could contract AleSmith to make some Alpine Beer Company beer. Before years end, “McIlhenney’s Irish Red” was released as the first-ever Alpine beer. Soon after that, Pure Hoppiness made its debut. Over the next two years, Pat and Val worked toward their next goal – opening their very own brewery in Alpine.

2000

GETTING EQUIPPED

Pat and Val go in on some brewing equipment with Pat and Skip of AleSmith – they split it 80/20. AleSmith got 20% of the equipment and Pat got enough equipment to start a brewery of his own. The equipment went into storage for over a year while Pat looked for a place in Alpine to open a brewery.

2002

THE HOME OF PURE HOPPINESS

After years of extremely hard work, Pat and Val open Alpine Beer Company. McIlhenney’s Irish Red and Pure Hoppiness were already in the market. The first beer Pat brewed in Alpine was an American Wheat Ale called Willy, named after Val’s brother who helped them build the brewery. The next beers Pat introduced were Mandarin Nectar, Alpine Ale, and Captain Stout.

2003 – 2004

NEW BEERS, EXPONENTIAL AWARDS

Exponential Hoppiness was brewed for the first time and is unique in that each hop addition was double the previous addition. Alpine Beer Company was brewing 500 barrels a year and is officially at capacity. Pat and Val traveled to New Zealand and discover New Zealand hops. This becomes important later.

Mandarin Nectar won a Bronze medal in the Honey Beer category at GABF. McIlhenney’s Irish Red brought home a Gold from the World Beer Cup and a Silver at GABF. The method to Pat’s madness seems to have paid off.

2006 – 2008

THE KID ARRIVES

It is a busy few years for the brewery. Shawn, the son of Pat and Val, began his brewing career in earnest. Shawn flexed his creative muscle and brewed Bad Boy for the first time. Alpine made their first venture into barrel aged sours with Ichabod and earned a Gold medal at the World Beer Cup. Shawn officially took on the role of “Head Brewer” and is focused on making magic in the brewhouse.

2006

DUET AND NELSON ARE BORN

Both Duet and Nelson made their debut to rave reviews. And the awards just kept on coming as Pure Hoppiness won a Silver medal for Double IPA in the World Beer Cup.

2008 – 2010

EXPANSION & BBQ

The brewery finally got some much-needed room to expand. The garage behind the brewery was converted into more fermentation and bottling space. Pat bought four double-batch fermenters from, of all places, Green Flash. Capacity was tripled to 1,500 barrels a year. Brewing at capacity was immediate. Pat and Val opened a tiny, 36 seat diner-style pub in the same building as the brewery, but at the opposite end and call it, “The Pub”. The pub focuses on a barbeque menu and Alpine’s delicious beer.

2011 – 2012

MORE AWARDS

The World Beer Cup awarded Alpine three medals – O’Brien’s IPA won a Gold for Strong Pale Ale, Duet and Token each won a Bronze medal for IPA and Baltic Porter (respectively). Duet also won a Bronze medal at the GABF in the highly-entered IPA category. And, Odin’s Raven won a Bronze medal at GABF in the Chocolate Beer category.

2013 – 2014

A HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT

In 2013, Alpine Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Co embarked on a “hand-shake” agreement to brew some Alpine beer at the shiny new Green Flash Mira Mesa brewery. For the first time, Alpine’s distribution increased outside of San Diego County to include most of California.

A year later, Alpine Beer Company and Green Flash officially joined forces, allowing for the expansion that Pat had been working on to become an immediate reality.

2015 – 2017

ALPINE COAST TO COAST

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Much to Pat, Val, and Shawn’s delight, the entire lineup of Alpine beers sees national distribution. HFS IPA wins a bronze medal at GABF in the American-style Strong Pale Ale category. Alpine introduced a new single IPA, Windows Up, and put beer in cans for the first time. Alpine remodeled the tasting room and brewery space and relocated the Pub and its BBQ offerings to a new location right down the street.

On most days, you can find Pat and Val hanging out at the restaurant’s bar, chatting with their neighbors over a beer.

The Pub

1347 Tavern Rd
Alpine, CA 91901
619-445-2337
info@alpinebrewing.com

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Hours

Mon: CLOSED
Tue – Wed : 4pm – 9pm
Thu – Sun : 11am – 9pm

Tasting Room

2363 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, CA 91901
619-445-2337
info@alpinebrewing.com

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Hours

Mon: CLOSED
Tue – Sun : Noon – 7pm

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Email us at jobs@alpinebeerco.com to apply.

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